Selle Italia boss Gianni Savio says he can’t see José Rujano riding this year’s Giro, Jean Floc’h an
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A dispute between Jos Rujano and his Selle Italia team is threatening to sideline the Venezuelan climber from the Giro d’Italia, the race where Rujano marked his breakthrough into the big time last season by finishing third and taking the mountains jersey.
Rujano, who is set to join Quick Step immediately after the Giro and then make his debut at the Tour de France, is missing from Selle Italia’s team at the Tour of Langkawi. Initial reports spoke of an injury, but Selle Italia boss Gianni Savio has admitted that the rider and team are embroiled in a dispute over money. Rujano wants more of it in order to fulfil his commitments with Selle Italia, and the team don’t want to pay it.
Speaking at Langkawi, Savio said he did not think that the 24-year-old Rujano would appear in his team’s colours this season because of the financial dispute. The pair are also in dispute about Rujano’s objectives at the Giro, with the rider apparently insisting that he will ride it as training for the Tour, while Savio has pointed out that he has signed a number of experienced riders in order to support a Rujano challenge for the Giro’s overall title.
– Breton businessman Jean Floc’h has announced that he will be pulling his backing at the end of the year from the Bretagne team that is also backed by the Breton regional government in France. Bretagne have indicated that they will continue backing the team if a new co-sponsor can be found before the end of the season.
– American skier Bode Miller has said that he will be apologising to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong after accusing Armstrong of doping in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Miller has insisted that his comments about Armstrong were taken out of context and had been edited so that it appeared he was accusing Armstrong of doping.